The table below looks at the statistics for the Microsoft Solutions Architect role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Microsoft Solution Architect
Rank 599 581 546
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Microsoft Solutions Architect 8 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.015% 0.002% 0.006%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.016% 0.002% 0.007%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 3
Average daily rate
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£550 - £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £550 - £463
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50008 48637 43579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.32% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 30924 30184 25017
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1983 2005 2160
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK.

Microsoft Solutions Architect Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 6 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Microsoft Solutions Architect within the UK over the 3 months to 22 May 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -19 8 £550 - 3
London -3 6 £550 - 2
Suffolk - 2 £550 -
City of London - 2 £550 -
East of England - 2 £550 -
Ipswich - 2 £550 -

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title.

1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 8 (57.14%) Windows
3 7 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
4 5 (35.71%) .NET
5 4 (28.57%) XML
5 4 (28.57%) ADO
5 4 (28.57%) C#
5 4 (28.57%) VB
5 4 (28.57%) Client/Server
5 4 (28.57%) N-Tier
5 4 (28.57%) Process Management
5 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (28.57%) Business Process Improvement
5 4 (28.57%) Process Improvement
5 4 (28.57%) Kofax
5 4 (28.57%) .NET Framework
6 3 (21.43%) PowerShell
6 3 (21.43%) Android
6 3 (21.43%) French Language
6 3 (21.43%) German Language
6 3 (21.43%) Italian Language
6 3 (21.43%) Spanish Language
6 3 (21.43%) jQuery
6 3 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (21.43%) SQL Server 2012
6 3 (21.43%) Windows Phone
6 3 (21.43%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (21.43%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (21.43%) Yammer

Microsoft Solutions Architect
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Microsoft Solutions Architect in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (21.43%) SharePoint
1 3 (21.43%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (7.14%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (14.29%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (7.14%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 7 (50.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (21.43%) Yammer
2 3 (21.43%) AWS CloudFormation
2 3 (21.43%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (57.14%) SQL Server
2 3 (21.43%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (21.43%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 3 (21.43%) French Language
1 3 (21.43%) German Language
1 3 (21.43%) Italian Language
1 3 (21.43%) Spanish Language
1 3 (21.43%) Games
2 1 (7.14%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) .NET
2 4 (28.57%) XML
2 4 (28.57%) ADO
2 4 (28.57%) .NET Framework
3 3 (21.43%) jQuery
3 3 (21.43%) ASP.NET Web API
3 3 (21.43%) Entity Framework
4 1 (7.14%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (28.57%) Client/Server
1 4 (28.57%) N-Tier
2 3 (21.43%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 8 (57.14%) Windows
2 3 (21.43%) Android
2 3 (21.43%) Windows Phone
2 3 (21.43%) Apple iOS
3 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (7.14%) Windows 8
3 1 (7.14%) Windows 7
3 1 (7.14%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (28.57%) Process Management
1 4 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (28.57%) Business Process Improvement
1 4 (28.57%) Process Improvement
2 3 (21.43%) Continuous Integration
2 3 (21.43%) BDD
2 3 (21.43%) TDD
2 3 (21.43%) Scrum
2 3 (21.43%) MVC
3 2 (14.29%) CRM
4 1 (7.14%) Migration
4 1 (7.14%) Data Mapping
4 1 (7.14%) Business Transformation
4 1 (7.14%) Customer Engagement
4 1 (7.14%) GAP Analysis
4 1 (7.14%) E-Commerce
4 1 (7.14%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) C#
1 4 (28.57%) VB
2 3 (21.43%) PowerShell
System Software
1 1 (7.14%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (21.43%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (7.14%) SCCM
Vendors
1 14 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (28.57%) Kofax
3 1 (7.14%) CheckPoint